Crisis Management Initiative
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|Formation||24 August 2000|
|Founded at||Helsinki, Finland|
|Headquarters||Eteläranta 12, Helsinki|
Crisis Management Initiative (CMI) is an independent Finnish non-governmental organisation that works to prevent and resolve conflict through informal dialogue and mediation. Nobel Peace Prize laureate and former President of Finland Martti Ahtisaari founded CMI in 2000. CMI has offices in Helsinki and Brussels as well as a presence in selected countries. The organisation is officially registered as Crisis Management Initiative ry.
CMI states it is focused on contributing to peace processes in three regions: the Middle East and North Africa, Eurasia and Sub-Saharan Africa. Self-statedly, CMI facilitates dialogue, mediates between conflicting sides, provides capacity-building and mediation support at all stages of conflict management and peace processes, and supports the broader peace building community.
Nobel Peace laureate and former President of Finland Martti Ahtisaari founded CMI on 24 August 2000. After stepping down as the President of Finland that year, Ahtisaari declined the post of United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees because he wanted to focus instead on addressing the root causes of conflicts. President Ahtisaari's long-term vision with CMI was to contribute to as much as effectively as possible to solving violent conflict throughout the world. The main tasks of the organisation in its early years were to assist Martti Ahtisaari in his numerous international assignments, to participate in policy discussions, and to advocate capacity-building in civilian crisis management.
This led to CMI taking its own projects, at first concerning crisis management and later on expanding to peace building and conflict resolution projects. One of CMI's most visible assignments, the Aceh peace process began in late 2004. CMI and its chairman president Ahtisaari were asked to facilitate talks between the Government of Indonesia and the Free Aceh Movement (GAM). In 2008, President Ahtisaari was awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his leading role in bringing independence to Namibia, Serbia's withdrawal from Kosovo, and autonomy for Aceh.
- European Centre of Excellence for Countering Hybrid Threats
- Finnish Institute of International Affairs